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Garfield County commissioner candidates meet for forum

Heidi Rice
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colorado ” The subjects ranged from oil and gas to alternative energy to the housing crisis, transportation and the Garfield County Fairgrounds at a forum with the four Garfield County commissioner candidates Tuesday night at Rifle City Hall.

Democrat Steve Carter and Republican Mike Samson are vying for the seat being vacated by Republican Larry McCown, who is not seeking re-election. Democrat Stephen Bershenyi is challenging incumbent Republican John Martin. The third commissioner seat held by Democrat Tresi Houpt is not up for re-election.

About 20 people attended the forum, which is also being shown on Rifle’s local Channel 10.

Carter, a retired county judge, commended the fact that he and Samson have run a clean campaign and dealt with issues and not personal attacks.

“This has not been a smear campaign,” Carter said. “I’m running for county commissioner because I believe my background and experience can lead the county for the next four years. I have experience in listening as a county judge for the past 30 years.”

Samson cited his experience of 30 years as an educator and former Rifle City Council member.

“We’re two good guys running for a place (on the county commission),” he said. “One of us is going to win and one of us is going to lose. But this is a dream I’ve had all my life. Things have worked out and now it’s time for me to run for this position.”

Bershenyi promised to work for his constituents.

“This election is not about me,” he said. “I’ll never forget you’re my boss and I’ll put you first always. If you elect me … that’s the kind of government I’m going to craft on your behalf. I will always take the time to explain to you why I make the decision I do on your behalf.”

Martin also invited his constituents to come talk to him anytime.

“Come to me,” he said. “Don’t listen to all the rhetoric that you hear.”

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